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 VFW POST 12186
     VFW Post 12186 is the latest of 12 posts in District 21. It was several years in obtaining the "unclaimed" area between SR 50 to SR 580 and US 41 to I75 (approximately) and having it be assigned to District 21. Then the task of reaching out to the community and it's veterans to create a VFW Post took more than another year.

     It all came to fruition on April 18th, 2019 with an installation ceremony lead by then State Commander Danny Anderson. Also in attendance were Past State Commander Ken Core, Gene Perrino and Christine Harris from Department HQ, District 21 Commander Gene Dale, Oldsmar City Councilwoman Linda Norris, members of the Veterans Council, and other prominent city leaders and business people. Most important of all were the new charter members of Post 12186. One of which even attended via video from South Korea. 
     Today VFW Post 12186 continues the missions of serving veterans and their families, serving, educating, and enhancing the Oldsmar community in everything from Americanism to Veterans Affairs. We serve the living by honoring the dead. We remember in hopes we will not have to repeat. We support those serving, honor those who have served, and encourage those who will one day serve. 
      We encourage and welcome those who can to join our ranks. Be it as a veteran member or a VFW Auxiliary member. Everyone is encouraged to join, participate, or support us as we support others. 
God Bless you. God Bless the City of Oldsmar. God Bless America
- VFW All American Post 12186 -




Current Post 12186 Fundraisers
1. December Cash Raffle - Tickets available from Post and Auxiliary members at Oldsmar 2nd Friday, the upcoming Chamber event, and Thursdays at Teco Hall within the Oldsmar Library. You can also contact David Bear at 727-359-6137 or David McKinley at 513-340-2600 for tickets. 
2. Quilt raffle - tickets available at the same times as noted above. 
VFW Honors Local Post Commander KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July [date], 2020) —
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is pleased to announced David Bear has achieved All-American status as a Post commander. To achieve this honor, Post commanders must meet strict requirements in their role to include exceptional leadership, authentic accomplishment in membership growth and strong support of VFW core programs.
Commander Bear, a Gold Legacy Life member and commander of Post 12186 in Oldsmar, Florida, is one of 251 VFW Post commanders worldwide to earn the title of All-American Commander. His hard work played an integral role helping the organization successfully remain focused on its service to veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Commanders like David Bear are a fine example of VFW leadership, and it’s their hard work and dedication to the mission and values of our organization that has rightly earned them this great honor,” said VFW Membership Director Rick Butler.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.5 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim "NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at vfw.org.
-vfw Media contact: Rick Butler, membership director, rbutler@vfw.org. 
VFW Post 12186 will start their first fundraiser - a month long cash raffle in December 2020.
Tickets will be $10.00 each for 31 chances to win. Daily winners selected by the Florida pick 3 evening (pm) lottery. 
Daily $100.00 winners with a double payout on December 7th, 24th, 25th, and 31st.
Points of Contact for tickets and other information are David Bear - 727-359-6137
                                                                                        David McKinley 513-340-2600
VFW Post 12186 Auxiliary officers were installed on 23 May 2020 at 1 pm. At the beginning of the VFW District 21 Auxiliary meeting at VFW Post 7987, 7445 Chester McKay Dr, New Port Richey, Fl. 34655
VFW Post 12186 officers were installed on 28 May 2020 at 6:30 pm (1830 hours) in Veterans Park, 250 Shore Dr, Oldsmar, Fl. 34667.

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